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I haven't been able to spend much time here due to number of hours I have had to put in at work and in practicing. But I wanted to share that I won the gold medal in a concerto competition yesterday with the first movement of the Brahms Bb. I know this is nowhere near as cool as winning the Van Cliburn would be, but I was still pretty darn excited.

In case anyone is interested, I put in a ton of hours on it over the past two weeks, mostly doing hands-separate practice with a practicing hands-separate with metronome on all the time. I tried to turn each and every passage into an exercise with the goal of improving coordination and reducing tension as much as possible. It really paid off - my hands felt terrific.

Now, it might have helped had my accompanist and I had rehearsed before the competition, but I guess a person can't have everything smile

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Congrats! I knowit feels really good if you work your *** off and it pays off!

Just one question: Where does the accompanist come in? Sorry I don't really know Brahms pieces, if it has something to do with that...

Anyway, you mustnow go and celebrate, and then catch up on some sleep...

Congrats again!

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Wow! Awesome Ryan, that must fell like terrific vindication for your decision to go back to music. Huge congrats.

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Congrats on winning the GOLD!!!


Where did the competition take place? And how did you know about it?

Ryan... I see you've been involved in a few competitions! Good for you!! thumb

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I hope to hear you play some day.. you're not that far away..Nothing like winning


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Congratulations!! You are walking, living proof that grueling practice *does* pay off. And, I take back all my snide remarks in the past about metronomes. cool

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how great, congratulations! we have got another pro pianist here!

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Hey, Ryan, are you Orchestra Pit from Classical Insites? Anyhow, way to go fella!!

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Congrats.

What's your prize? I know that some competitions let you perform with an orchestra.


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Congratulations on the Gold Medal! thumb

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Congratulations, Ryan!! That's wonderful and the Brahms Bb is a favorite of mine. I think it's about the greatest concerto written!! Of course others have different opinions. I know it's extremely difficult. I'm sorry the accompanist wasn't available to work with you before the performance and on a regular basis. Then it goes together so much better. I'm sure your teacher accompanied you some at lessons??? NO?? Anyway, that's quite a coup!!

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wow! Congrats!


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I know this is nowhere near as cool as winning the Van Cliburn would be, but I was still pretty darn excited.
Cool enough ! Congratulations !

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Congrats!

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Good on you, Ryan.


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Ryan, that is wonderful. Now maybe everyone will pay lots of attention to the wonderful practice tips you helpfully post here often. You proved they work! What did the others play?

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CONGRATULATIONS, Ryan!!! thumb


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Thanks, everybody! A bunch of replies to follow... If I overlooked a question, please repost it or send me a PM.

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Thanks, Diarmuid!

I must confess that there have been times when I wondered what the heck I was doing trying to get back into music. This felt really good though. Actually, I was much more excited about the way I played than the award. My fingers felt great! They much more nimble, accurate, quick, and snappy than they were at my junior recital, where they just felt tight and sluggish. Also, I maintained a much more steady tempo this time, sticking to Brahms marking of 92mm throughout the movement. I have to admit getting those huge sections at the close of the expo and recap at tempo are a real blast to play at tempo smile


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Wow! Awesome Ryan, that must fell like terrific vindication for your decision to go back to music. Huge congrats.

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Heh!

Actually, the long hours with a metronome don't have to be "grueling," and probably shouldn't be. That used to be my approach, but I decided that it was counter productive to end a practice section with a stiff neck and back, headache, sore arms, shoulders, etc. Not that I don't get tired, but there is a difference between being tired from work and being tired from tension.

I have found that if I take things in small chunks (small enough that I can play them without tension), pay attention to what works and what doesn't work, use a metronome to keep from speeding up, and don't force myself to do things that hurt, I can feel relaxed and even energized, even after hours of practice. I prefer this to my old approach of beating my hands into a bloody pulp until I finally changed my major to engineering smile

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Congratulations!! You are walking, living proof that grueling practice *does* pay off. And, I take back all my snide remarks in the past about metronomes. cool

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